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William Jackson Long
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Birth: Feb. 24, 1838
Ohio, USA
Death: Feb. 17, 1915
Clinton County
Illinois, USA

William Jackson Long was born 24 Feb 1838 in Ohio. He would die 17 Feb 1915 in Boulder, Clinton County, Illinois. He married, Nancy Ellen Gritton 24 Dec 1859 in Vermilion County, Illinois . Nancy was born on 01 Jun 1838 in (perhaps Mercer County), Kentucky and would die on 20 Oct 1892 in Kankakee, Kankakee County, Illinois. She was buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery, in the town of Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois.

They had 8 children:

1) Mary Elizabeth Long, b. 19 Nov 1860, Perrysville, Vermilion Co., IL. md. John Cromwell, 03 Oct 1878. She died 30 May 1926.

2) John Fletcher Long, b. 30 Jun 1866, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. He died 30 Dec 1895.

3) Archibald Long, b. 12 May 1868, Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co., IN. He died 12 Jun 1868.

4) Alcesta M. Long, b. 22 Nov 1870, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. She died 26 Oct 1877.

5) Charles Edward Long, b. 13 Apr 1872, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. md. Anna Emma {or Emma Anna} Stanton, 27 Apr 1897 (her parents, William Stanton and Mary Blazer). He died 18 Jul 1961, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL and is buried there. They had at least 6 children.

6) Herbert Oliver Long, b. 28 Aug 1874, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. He died 30 Aug 1945. He married his step-sister, Wanda E. Swisher on 04 Jul 1905 in Clinton County, Illinois.

7) Oscar Otto Long, b. 02 Sep 1877, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. He died Feb 1954, Pearland, Brazoria Co., TX. He married Harriet Genelia Howard in Newton, Jasper County, IL on 28 Nov 1900. She was born 13 Jun 1879, Newton, Jasper Co., IL; died 01 May 1954, Pearland, Brazoria, TX; her parents, John Henry Howard and Elizabeth Demming. Oscar and Harriet would have 9 children.

8) Harry Dweese Long, b. 15 Jun 1879, Danville, Vermilion Co., IL. He died 13 Dec 1915. In the 1910 census for Danville, Vermilion Co., IL he is listed as Henry Long, age 31, b. IL, parents born in IN, married once for 8 years, with his wife, Juntie, her second marriage, age 32, b. IN, her father b. IN, mother b. OH, mother of two children, but with only one living. Also listed in household is – Gore, stepdaughter, age 15, born in IL, father born in Michigan, mother born in IN. And father-in-law, Thomas Falker, age 72, widower, born in IN, father's bp. VIR, mother's bp. NJ.

Nancy Ellen Gritton parents were Jacob Gritton {b. 16 Jun 1797, Mercer Co., KY; md 15 Oct 1822, Mercer Co., KY; d. 20 Sep 1842, Vermilion Co., IL; son of John Gritton and Elizabeth Hoagland} and Elizabeth Betsey Adkinson {b. abt 1803, perhaps in Atkinson, VA}

William's obituary was located in "The Union Banner" newspaper [Carlyle, Illinois, Volume 52, Number 38, page 4, Friday, Feb. 26, 1915].

William J. Long was born in Ohio February 24, 1838. At the age of twelve years he with his mother came to Illinois and has resided here a true and devoted Christian until his death, which occurred February 17, 1915, at the age of 76 years, 11 months and 17 days.
December 24, 1859, he was married to Nancy E. Gritton in Danville, Ill. To this union were born eight children, five of whom survive, namely: Mary E. Cromwell of Georgetown, Ill; Charles E., of Danville; Herbert, of Boulder; Oscar O., of Pearland, Texas, and Harry D. Long of Danville, Ill. There are also twenty grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. In 1861 he enlisted in the army in Company C., 22d Ohio Infantry. In 1892 his wife preceded him to the great beyond. Then in 1893 he was married to Sarah J. Swisher, whom with his two stepchildren survive, namely Wanda E. Long and Donald Swisher, and Elva Butler of Mattoon, Ill. He was a kind and loving companion and father. Just a few days ago he sang "When the Storm of Life is O'er," and repeated the "Lord's prayer." He was willing and ready to go to the home our Savior had prepared for him. His daughter Mary and son Harry were with him when the end came.
(Written by one who loved him – Wanda Long)

The 1850 census shows William and his probable brothers and mother living in the town of Lafayette, Tippe Canoe County, Illinois

• Margaret Long 46 F born in O
• Noah " 9 M born in O
• Jeramiah " 20 M Laborer born in KY
• William " 14 M born in O

The 1860 census for Danville, Vermillion Co., IL shows William Long, age 22, Brickmaker, he was born in Ohio and married within the last year. He is listed with Nancy Long, age 22, born in Kentucky and married within the year. They were listed in the household of Sally Stewart with five other Stewart's .

The 1870 census finds William and his family (including who I believe was his mother) living in Larkinsburg Township, Clay County, Illinois

• Long, Wm J, 33, M, Farmer, value of real estate= $750., value of personal property= $358, born in Ohio
• , Nancy E, 33, F, Keeping House, born in Kent
• , Mary E, 9, F, born in Ind, attending school within the year
• , John F, 4, M born in ILL
• , Adcisto ??? 8/12, F, born in ILL in the month of Sep
• Long, Margarate, 78, F, No occupation, born in Ind, cannot read or write

The 1880 census for Danville, Vermillion Co., IL shows:
William Long, age 41, Brickmaker, he was born in Ohio and his parents both born in Ohio. He is listed with his wife, Ellen Long, age 41, and 5 sons all born in IL: John, 14; Edgar, 8; Hurbert, 6; Oscar, 3; Harry, 1. The family was living on Grant Street.

The 1900 census for Irish Township, Clinton Co., IL shows :
• Long, William J., b. Feb 1838, head, married 7 years, bp. Ohio, bpF. Ohio, bpM. Ill., Farmer, can read/write, rents a farm
• Long, Sarah J., b. Feb 1850, wife, married 2 years, bp: ILL., bpF Ohio, bpM. Maryland, can read/write
• Long, Herbert, b. Aug 1874, son, single, bp. Ill, bpF Ohio, bpM Ill. can read/write, Farm Laborer
• Swisher, Wanda E., b. Apr 1889, step-dau, bp. Ill, parents bp. Ill, can read/write
• Swisher, McDonald, b. Feb 1891, step-son, bp. Ill, parents bp. Ill, can read/write
And in the next household:
• Long, Charles E., b. Apr 1872, head, married 3 years, bp. Ill, bpF Ohio, bpM Ill. can read/write, farmer, rents a farm
• Long, Annie B., b. May 1881, wife, bp and bp of parents, Ill., can read/write
• Long, Ida M., b. Feb 1898, dau, bp and bp of parents, Ill.
• Long, Mary E., b Apr 1899, dau, bp and bp of parents, Ill

The 1910 census for Irishtown Township, Clinton Co. Illinois shows :
• Long, William, head, age 72, married twice, married for 17 years, bp and parents bp. Ohio, veteran, farmer, rents a farm
• Long, Sarah J., wife, age 60, married three times, married 17 years, mother of 4 children with 2 still living, bp. ILL, bpF. Ohio, bpM. Maryland
• Swisher, Donnell, stepson, age 19, bp and bp parents, ILL., farmer, on home farm
• Long, Edward, grandson, age 4, bp and bp parents, ILL.

The 1920 census (after William was deceased) shows :
• Long, Sarah J., head, 69, widow, rents, bp= ILL, Fbp= OH, Mbp= MD, Laundress in own home
Listed with her are grandsons, all born in Illinois and with their parents both listed as being born in Illinois.
• Long, Edward, age 13
• Long, Elizah, age 11
• Long, Clyde, age 9
• Long, William, age 7

William married his second wife, Sarah Jane Swisher (nee Polson/Paulson?), in Vermilion Co., IL on 25 Apr 1893. According to an affidavit for a claim for a pension based on William's Civil War service dated 2 July 1915, Sarah stated that she was married twice before William. 1st to William H. Harden (who also served in the Civil War, Company "B", 20th Indiana Infantry) and that he died in Oct 1885. 2nd she married Edward Swisher who died in 1890 .

Another form found in William Long's pension file list many dates and claims. It was filed by Sarah J. Long. She claims his pension of $12.00 per month. It appears that her claim was rejected, because his death was not related to claim of disability. William had claimed pension based upon service as a Sergeant of Company "C" of 22nd Ohio Infantry and claim of disability was "varicose veins of the left leg" and that death was not related to claim. Death of William was due to, broncho-pneumonia. The form also lists these dates as follows: Enlisted: 2 Oct 1861; Discharged: 28 Jul 1865; Died: 17 Feb 1915; Declaration filed: 22 Mar 1915; Invalid appl'n filed: 15 Feb 1886; Invalid last paid: 4 Jan 1915; Former marriage of soldier: yes; Death of former wife: 20 Oct 1892; Former marriage of claimant: yes; Death of former husbands: 5 Oct 1885, 6 Sep 1890; Claimant's marriage to soldier: 25 Apr 1893.

On 13 Oct 1916, Sarah J. Long makes another claim for her dead husband's pension. Many names and dates were duplicated, but newly listed was that she was born on 11 Feb 1850 in Danville, Illinois. She and William were married in Danville, Illinois on 25 Apr 1893 and that William Long enlisted on 2 Oct 1861 at Perrysville, Indiana as a private in Company C, 22nd regular Ohio Inf. and that he was discharged 28 Feb 1864. He then served {reenlisted on 29 Feb 1864} in company B, 22 Ohio Infantry Veterans .

William's pension declarations follow with information not already covered:
13 Feb 1886, age: 46, height: 5' 8½", complexion: sandy, hair: auburn, eyes: blue, on or about 2 Oct 1862, "he contracted varicose veins in the left leg both above and below the knee and that said veins have never healed" , current occupation before the war and after: brickmaker, residence: Danville, Vermilion Co. IL.

1 Aug 1890, age 51, PO of Danville, Vermilion County, Illinois; discharged at Columbus, Ohio. That he is now unable to earn a support by "manual labor by reason of varicose veins of left leg, and muscular rheumatism, vertigo and disease of back and kidneys and resulting general debility."

24 Feb 1908, age 70, resident of Huey, Clinton County, Illinois; enrolled at Little Rock, Ark on 20 Feb. 1863 as a Corporal in Company B, 22nd Ohio Infantry formally the 13th MO. Discharged near or at Little Rock, Ark on 28 Aug 1865. Height: 5' 8½"; complexion: sandy, eyes: blue; hair: auburn; occupation: brickmaker; born: 24 Feb 1838 at Pike County, Ohio.

22 May 1912, age 74, Irishtown Township, Clinton County, Illinois, enrolled at Benton Barracks, St. Louis, MO on 2nd Oct 1861 as private in Captain Charles W. Miner's Company (C) 22nd regiment of Ohio infantry volunteers and was discharged at Prairie Bayou, Ark on 28 Feb 1864, by reenlistment as corporal in the Civil war under Captain Charles W Miner's company (B) 22nd regiment, Ohio infantry veteran volunteers enrolled the 20th of Feb 1864, discharged 28 Aug 1865 at Little Rock, Ark. That his residence since leaving service has been as follows: From 1865 to 1877 in Danville, Ill. From 1877 to 1882 at Newton, Ill. From 1882 to 1887 in Danville, Ill. From 1887 to 1890 in Newton, Ill. From 1890 to present time near Boulder, Ill where I now reside.

12 Mar 1913, resident near Boulder, Clinton County, Ohio, age 75, enrolled at Perrysville, IN on 2 Oct 1861 as a private in Company C of the 22nd regiment of Ohio Infantry in the Civil War. Was discharged at Prairie Bayou, Ark on 28 Feb 1864 and that he reenlisted at Prairie Bayou, Ark in the same regiment and was discharged at Little Rock on 28 Aug 1865, height: 5' 8½", complexion: sandy, eyes: blue, hair: auburn; occupation: brick maker, born: 24 Feb 1838, near Piketon, Pike County, Ohio.

Although the state of Illinois had no formal state registration of births and deaths until 1916, William's death certification was on file at the local level. In the Courthouse in the town of Paris, Clinton County, Illinois I was able to locate his death certificate . It had many spaces for questions on the form, but it was only filled out at a minimal level; so… "Wm Long, white, male, age 77, died in Boulder, Clinton County, Illinois on 20 Feb. 1915, about 4 p.m., occupation as a farmer, buried on 21 Nov. 1915 (Randy note: I believe that the burial month should have been listed as Feb. not Nov.) in the Clarks Cemetery, death occurred from Pneumonia, of a 14 day duration".

The Clarks Cemetery is also known as the Boulder Cemetery and I was able to locate William's grave. I first found him listed in a cemetery record of Clinton County, and then I located his stone in the cemetery . It seems that William was also a veteran of the Civil War. His stone being a standard government issue. It was quite lichen encrusted. It states, " Corpl Wm Long, Co. B, 22nd, Ohio Inf" William's stone is the only stone found within a large portion of this cemetery. There are probably other graves around his stone, but no stones had ever been placed. Biographical information generously provided by Randy Long 
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  Nancy Ellen Gritton Long (1838 - 1892)*
*Calculated relationship
Clark Cemetery
Clinton County
Illinois, USA
Plot: It is located off the pavement in the community of Boulder, Clinton County, Illinois. The stone is located in Lot #R1, grave #1 according to the cemetery records. I GPSed the stone and the Cemetery as UTMs (NAD27, Zone 16) = 0306528mE x 4285841mN with 6 satellites captured and an EPE of 19 feet
Created by: Jack Broome
Record added: Jul 05, 2010
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William Jackson Long
Added by: Jack Broome
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Rest in Peace Great Great Grand Uncle
- Jack Broome
 Added: Jul. 5, 2010

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